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Box > Houston 5, Chi Cubs 1
Morgan 'Ens' Astros' woes
The Astros got a solo shot from Morgan Ensberg in the fifth before breaking the game open in the eighth to end a seven-game losing streak. Brandon Backe held the Cubs to just one run for the win.
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Morgan Ensberg rounds third base after his solo homer in the fifth inning. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Neifi Perez went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, but the Cubs could muster little else offensively. Greg Maddux gave up five runs in 7 2/3 innings for his third loss of the season.
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HOU
Houston (16-30)
Won 1
Houston 5, Chi Cubs 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (21-23)
Lost 1
May 25, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 0   5 9 0
Chi Cubs
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
Standings through 5/25/05  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Cubs Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Palmeiro, CF-LF4011002.346
Self, RF4111001.318
Biggio, 2B4010000.298
1-Everett, PR-SS0100000.221
Berkman, LF4021010.200
2-Taveras, PR-CF0000000.258
Lamb, 1B4000012.195
Ensberg, 3B4111020.291
Vizcaino, SS-2B4010000.254
Ausmus, C4110001.248
Backe, P2110001.263
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Lidge, P0000000.000
Totals34594047 


1-Ran for Biggio in the 8th. 2-Ran for Berkman in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Vizcaino (5, Maddux).
HR: Ensberg (9, 5th inning off Maddux, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Palmeiro; Self; Biggio; Berkman 2; Ensberg 4; Vizcaino 2; Ausmus; Backe.
RBI: Palmeiro (6), Ensberg (23), Self (3), Berkman (4).
2-out RBI: Palmeiro; Self; Berkman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Palmeiro; Lamb.
S: Backe.
GIDP: Lamb.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Backe (1, 2nd base off Maddux/Barrett), Taveras (16, 2nd base off Ohman/Barrett).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Vizcaino-Biggio-Lamb, Ensberg-Biggio-Lamb, Everett-Vizcaino-Lamb).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hairston, CF2000100.266
b-Patterson, PH-CF1000011.271
Perez, SS4031001.291
Lee, 1B4010003.342
Burnitz, RF4000003.277
Ramirez, 3B4000002.226
Walker, 2B3000010.333
Dubois, LF3010010.264
Barrett, C3110001.274
Maddux, P1000000.158
Wuertz, P0000000.000
Ohman, P0000000.000
a-Macias, PH1010000.279
Hawkins, P0000000.000
Totals301711311 

a-Singled for Ohman in the 8th. b-Struck out for Hairston in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Perez (6, Backe).
TB: Perez 4; Lee; Dubois; Barrett; Macias.
RBI: Perez (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez.
S: Maddux.
GIDP: Lee; Barrett; Perez.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
DP: (Perez-Walker-Lee).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (W, 4-3)7.07111204.73
Wheeler 1.00000101.40
Lidge 1.00000003.60
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Maddux (L, 2-3)7.28550414.33
Wuertz 0.01000004.57
Ohman 0.10000001.23
Hawkins 1.00000003.50

Backe pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Wuertz pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP: Maddux, Ohman.
Pitches-strikes: Backe 81-55, Wheeler 9-7, Lidge 15-9, Maddux 94-63, Wuertz 5-3, Ohman 4-3, Hawkins 3-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Backe 10-9, Wheeler 2-0, Lidge 2-1, Maddux 17-2, Wuertz 0-0, Ohman 0-1, Hawkins 1-2.
Batters faced: Backe 27, Wheeler 2, Lidge 3, Maddux 30, Wuertz 1, Ohman 1, Hawkins 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wheeler 1-0, Wuertz 2-1, Ohman 2-1.
Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Kerwin Danley. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Wally Bell.
Weather: 56 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:21.
Att: 38,118.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
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